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Audrey   By: (1870-1936)

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AUDREY

BY MARY JOHNSTON

AUTHOR OF "TO HAVE AND TO HOLD" AND "PRISONERS OF HOPE"

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS BY F.C. YOHN

BOSTON AND NEW YORK HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY The Riverside Press, Cambridge 1902

COPYRIGHT, 1901, 1902, BY MARY JOHNSTON COPYRIGHT, 1902, BY HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN & CO. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

Published February, 1902

Books by Mary Johnston.

AUDREY. With Illustrations in color. Crown 8vo, $1.50

PRISONERS OF HOPE. With Frontispiece. Crown 8vo, $1.50.

TO HAVE AND TO HOLD. With 8 Illustrations by HOWARD PYLE, E.B. THOMPSON, A.W. BETTS, and EMLEN McCONNELL. Crown 8vo, $1.50.

HOUGHTON MIFFLIN & CO. BOSTON AND NEW YORK.

[Illustration: GAZED WITH WIDE OPEN EYES AT THE INTRUDER (page 106)]

TO ELOISE, ANNE, AND ELIZABETH

CONTENTS

CHAPTER TITLE PAGE

I. THE CABIN IN THE VALLEY 1

II. THE COURT OF THE ORPHAN 16

III. DARDEN'S AUDREY 38

IV. THE ROAD TO WILLIAMSBURGH 52

V. THE STOREKEEPER 63

VI. MASTER AND MAN 73

VII. THE RETURN OF MONSIEUR JEAN HUGON 92

VIII. UNDER THE GREENWOOD TREE 106

IX. MACLEAN TO THE RESCUE 117

X. HAWARD AND EVELYN 131

XI. AUDREY OF THE GARDEN 145

XII. THE PORTRAIT OF A GENTLEMAN 163

XIII. A SABBATH DAY'S JOURNEY 179

XIV. THE BEND IN THE ROAD 194

XV. HUGON SPEAKS HIS MIND 206

XVI. AUDREY AND EVELYN 222

XVII. WITHIN THE PLAYHOUSE 237

XVIII. A QUESTION OF COLORS 249

XIX. THE GOVERNOR'S BALL 262

XX. THE UNINVITED GUEST 273

XXI. AUDREY AWAKES 287

XXII. BY THE RIVERSIDE 300

XXIII. A DUEL 312

XXIV. AUDREY COMES TO WESTOVER 322

XXV. TWO WOMEN 337

XXVI. SANCTUARY 349

XXVII. THE MISSION OF TRUELOVE 363

XXVIII. THE PLAYER 375

XXIX. AMOR VINCIT 391

XXX. THE LAST ACT 402

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

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GAZED WITH WIDE OPEN EYES AT THE INTRUDER (page 106) Frontispiece

"HAD YOU LOVED ME I HAD BEEN HAPPY" 58

AUDREY LEFT HER WARNING TO BE SPOKEN BY MACLEAN 206

"I DO NOT THINK I HAVE THE HONOR OF KNOWING" 270

HER DARK EYES MADE APPEAL 342

"JEAN! JEAN HUGON!" 414

AUDREY

CHAPTER I

THE CABIN IN THE VALLEY

The valley lay like a ribbon thrown into the midst of the encompassing hills. The grass which grew there was soft and fine and abundant; the trees which sprang from its dark, rich mould were tall and great of girth. A bright stream flashed through it, and the sunshine fell warm upon the grass and changed the tassels of the maize into golden plumes. Above the valley, east and north and south, rose the hills, clad in living green, mantled with the purpling grape, wreathed morn and eve with trailing mist. To the westward were the mountains, and they dwelt apart in a blue haze. Only in the morning, if the mist were not there, the sunrise struck upon their long summits, and in the evening they stood out, high and black and fearful, against the splendid sky. The child who played beside the cabin door often watched them as the valley filled with shadows, and thought of them as a great wall between her and some land of the fairies which must needs lie beyond that barrier, beneath the splendor and the evening star. The Indians called them the Endless Mountains, and the child never doubted that they ran across the world and touched the floor of heaven.

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